According to an official announcement; Canada has extended the ban on direct flights from India and Pakistan by one more month until June 21 in a bid control the spread of new variants of the Covid-19.
As Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) News reported the ban on flights from India and Pakistan was extended as the previous 30-day ban, first imposed on April 22, was set to expire on Saturday.
However, On Friday it is said that Cargo flights will be permitted in order to maintain shipments of essential supplies, such as vaccines and personal protective equipments.
As per the sources, the ban is applicable to direct flights from both countries, passengers can still fly to Canada from India or Pakistan by arriving via a third country. They will need to produce a negative result on a Covid-19 test taken at their last point of departure before being allowed to enter Canada.
All travellers arriving in Canada by land or air have to show a negative Covid-19 test and quarantine for two weeks; some exceptions are made for essential workers. Air passengers must quarantine for up to three days at an approved hotel while awaiting Covid-19 test results, and must test again eight days after arrival.
Apart from this, India has been observed as a dramatic affected by the unprecedented second wave of the coronavirus and hospitals in several states are reeling under the shortage of health workers, vaccines, oxygen, drugs and beds.The daily rise in coronavirus cases in India remained below 300,000 for the fifth consecutive day with 2,57,299 new cases recorded in a single day.